As it was in the days of Noach ...
Yom Chamishi sameach!! Happy Fifth Day (Thursday)!! I just have to praise Adonai, not because I have to but because I have to; and, more than that, I want to!! How can I not want to!? He is EL Gibbor, the mighty YAH … He saves, He forgives, He heals, He blesses, He is full of grace and mercy … and He woke me up this morning!! HalelYAH!!
The Busyness of Business
How many of you get busy in life during the day? Yeah, all hands going up. Even mine. Up between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., kids up at 8:00 a.m., homeschool studies start at 9:00 a.m., lunch at 12:00 p.m., SNHU[.edu] studies (although, I do have a two-week break after this week until the next term starts) until suppertime (at about 5:00 p.m.), grading kids’ papers and finishing up SNHU homework until 9:00 p.m., then kids to bed and me and Mark to bed. And, don’t forget the weekly and/or monthly doctor appointments for all three kids (Alana goes for her orthodontia evaluation in January) and any emergencies that happen to come up because, well, that’s why they are called emergencies; right now we are monitoring a fairly big cut on Jackson’s thumb and Alana has been spiking a fever for a couple of days now.
Where’s Mark during all of this? Well, being [medically] retired as he is, he keeps up with most of the laundry and the house cleaning and cooking supper for us all. And, let me tell you, I am perfectly happy to let Mark cook; he makes the best [crockpot] Salisbury Steaks that were ever made! When it comes to desserts or sweet treats, though, I reign supreme!
We do tend to be a busy family.
I’m usually tired when I go to bed; but, then, I’m awake for another hour or two thinking about the next day or the next few days. When I stop, when I just stop, and praise and pray instead, I fall asleep really fast-like. I know that I know that I know I am wrapped in the arms of love and peace that belong to my Adonai.
My schedule does sound kind of busy most days, especially since I am looking at it as I type it out and am staring at it while I continue to type. There is only one thing in this entire world that allows me to continue at full steam ahead as I do … the grace and mercy of Elohim. And, I do so thank Him for the busiest of busy times as well as for those moments when I feel like I should be doing something but have nothing to do.
Why did I write all this?
Matit’yah-ha’Levi (Matthew) 24:36-39--”But no one knows of that day and hour, not even the angels of Heaven, but my Abba only. As the days of Noach were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noach entered into the ship, and they didn’t know until the flood came, and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
Ur/Luqas (Luke) 17:26-30 states with even more clear understanding, “As it was in the days of Noach, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man. They ate, they drank, they married, and they were given in marriage until the day that Noach entered into the ship, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, even as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but in the day that Lot went of from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from the sky and destroyed them all. It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is revealed.”
Make no mistake, our world today is as corrupt as it has ever been. You only need to turn on your television set or open a newspaper or turn on an e-Reader and read a digital magazine or newspaper to know all the evil and vile corruption there is in the world today. But, take note, the corruption of this world is secondary to the primary intent of both the Matit’yah-ha’Levi and Ur/Luqas passages of Scripture, which is … Don’t be so busy with the normal every day-to-day business and busyness of life that you risk missing the return of Yeshua ha-Melech (King Yeshua).
Normal activities are fine. We are to work to provide for our families. We are to become educated and we are to educate our children. We must cook food for the nourishment of our inner bodies and clean our clothing for the protection of our outer bodies. When we are sick, we need to go see a doctor. And, there is nothing wrong with orthodontia and dental work and getting haircuts, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. But, these normal activities can become the busyness that we prioritize instead of prioritizing the praise and worship of Adonai.
Ora et Labora. Pray and work. Watch that you may be considered worthy to stand before the King of kings.
Ur/Luqas 21:36--”Therefore be watchful all the time, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of man.”
Baruch ata, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, yotzer or u’vorei choshek, oseh shalom u’vorei et hakol.
Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the universe, Who forms light and creates darkness, Who makes peace and creates all things.